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Former Moorhead legislator not surprised Minneapolis wins Super Bowl bid

New Minnesota Vikings stadium
New Minnesota Vikings stadium

MOORHEAD (KFGO-AM) Former State Representative Morrie Lanning of Moorhead is pleased but not surprised that Minneapolis landed the 2018 Super Bowl.

As chief House author of the Viking Stadium bill two years ago, Lanning was a key player getting the legislation passed. He says while it was never a sure thing, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told legislators that a new stadium would give Minneapolis "an inside track" for recruiting the Super Bowl.

Lanning, who retired after the 2012 session, said at the time that his reputation as a diplomatic leader was never more tested as he led the campaign to get the stadium bill okayed. He was threatened by e-mails and phone calls, criticized on blogs and snubbed by members of both parties.